Diapers on Dosia (?)

by Margie on October 9, 2009

Drew came back to the boat from the store the other day with a package of extra large diapers. The menstrual gods were raining cramps upon me at the time so I knew there was nothing I had to tell him. Was there something he had to tell me? Was I in the dark this entire time and somehow he’d hidden that he was in fact a replica of the fella back home who I believe is currently pregnant with his second child? For those of us who didn’t have the pleasure to know Drew as an infant child, he was a fat-tay!!! Ten pounds, ten ounces at birth so if he did in fact have something to tell me then that would explain the extra large size part. Lucky for us both the diapers were to soak up a little grease spill in the bilge.  My boyfriend is in deed all man. Whew, thank heavens : )
painting cockpit lockers...fun times
Lots and lots of boat projects going on. The water line on the boat continues to rise daily as we rid Dosia of the clutter she’s accumulated over the past five years. We sent all we could spare food, clothing, and tool wise to the victims of the quake and tsunami in American Samoa. Tsunami warnings are becoming quite common these days and while we’ve avoided any potential dangers here thus far, it’s still scary and causing increasing eagerness to head south. We said farewell to another couple of cruising yachts just this morning and watched as they pointed their bows westward to navigate the few miles of calm waterways that separate the islands here all the way to the wide open waters that would eventually carry them southwest 1100 miles to New Zealand.  We bid them safe seas and will tune into the single side ban each morning and afternoon to do checkins. Our family of friends on Zen made landfall in New Zealand this morning. We were so happy to know that their journey was a safe one while mildly jealous that they are already done with a trip that most still in the harbor here are loathing. I continue to try and motivate my attitude of the coming passage in a more positive direction. Sometimes it is quite hard when you hear those around you saying how brutal it can be. I know that in Drew’s hands I am in good, safe care and I trust him 100%. This will, however, be my longest length of time at sea (roughly 8 to 10 days) and I am having a hard time getting myself amped up for it. As most sailors will tell you, the passages are often just a means to an end, a way to get from here to there, and very few actually enjoy them. Im just gonna have to put my big gal panties on and suck it up. It will be my last passage for years to come so the least I can do is try my best to enjoy it. I do have two nights in the Sky Tower hotel in downtown Auckland to look forward to so I’ll just keep that tucked safely in the front of my mind when Drew wakes me up for yet another night watch in cold temps.
Where's Drew?! Swallow's Cave
In any spare time we can find away from boat projects we mosy our way out to a nearby anchorage and relish the peace and quiet. Shortbus’ return has made getting around so much easier. We were anchored in Port Maurelle just last week and took her a few football field lengths around the corner to Swallows Cave and then to deserted beaches so I could do some last effort shell collecting. We’ll continue to work on Dosia everyday until Drew says we’re done and then will test her out after her “diet” to see if the loss of weight affects her performance. Drew thinks she’ll be in top condition and is anxious to see how well she moves on the trip south. By all means, if a little weight loss will get us there quicker then what else do I need to get rid of? I’m willing to make sacrifices as long as it has nothing to do with my footwear!


Susanne Ames October 15, 2009 at 11:37 pm

Just read your post about the trip to NZ. Everyone always gets worried before their first passage, but most of the time there is nothing to be concerned with. From Tonga, you have the best option for wind angles. Somewhere between 25 and 30 south, you usually end up with a different weather picture than what you saw when you started – that’s normal. Just keep an eye on lows brewing in Oz/ the Tasman, and try to avoid closing the coast with the onset of a low or front.

Hopefully you will be welcomed to the Bay of Islands, as we were, by a dolphin performance. If you get to Opua at 5 PM or after, you get a night on the Customs dock where you can cook up the last of your eggs, potatoes, onions & garlic.

Hope to see you in New Zealand!

Susanne Ames

Robert Schmicker October 21, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Hi. I would like to buy your boat. When would you like to sell it, although I can’t imagine that you would ever want to sell it? Now, or in NZ? I’m sending this message as a comment because your Contact page doesn’t seem to be working. Hope to hear from you soon.


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